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‘Workers to be sent to Iraq’s safe zones’

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Staff Reporter
Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Engineer Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain on Wednesday said the government has taken an initiative to send Bangladeshi workers to those areas of trouble-torn Iraq where they will remain safe.
Hanoa, an Iraq-based company, hired 1,400 workers from Bangladesh to go to Iraq and the process to send them to the country will start next week, he told reporters at his ministry.
Earlier, on June 15, the government suspended sending workers to Iraq until a safe and secure environment is established there. “I’ve personally showed my unwillingness in sending people to Iraq and Libya. But there’s no barrier to sending people to those areas in the country which are safe for Bangladeshis,” the minister said.
He further said, “The situation in Iraq is now better than before. It was a communal strife there. Bangladeshis were not the target,” he added.
Replying to a question about his Jordan visit, the minister said the Jordan government is keen to take a lot of Bangladeshi workers, including women, for garment, agriculture and construction sector. At present, 60,000-70,000 Bangladeshi workers are living in Jordan and they are happy, Mosharraf Hossain claimed.
The minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates at the year-end. “And a new labour market will be created through her visit to the UAE,” he said.
Besides, a technical team will go to Malaysia for sending female Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia and many women workers will be sent to Malaysia through government-to-government arrangements early next month, the minister added.